Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mo' Is Better, Right?

I note that U.S. Firearms is cranking up their 2010 product line, including the 12-22, a 12 shot .22 rimfire Single Action Army clone...and yes, it is on the expensive side of the fence, $936 MSRP. It is a beautiful gun — USFA has become the gold standard for U.S. handgun manufacturing. My friend Doug Donnelly, founder of USFA, has made a commitment to build heirloom quality guns...Doug's guns make me think of being a kid again, when each new gun was a work of art worthy of at least a museum. They're "WOW!" guns.

I mentioned the USFA Double Eagle I got recently, a 3 1/2-inch .44 Special single action...you all know I have a jones for short-barreled big bores, especially .44 Specials. I started shooting the Double Eagle last week, and it's every bit as good a shooter as it looks. In fact, it has quickly become a go-to pcking pistol in a Bob Mernickle high-ride holster. We'll have DRTV video in January on the Double Eagle. BTW, I also note that USFA is adding a custom shop Sheriff's Model in .45 Colt in 2010...the Sheriff's Model differs from the Double Eagle with a half-inch shorter barrel, no front sight and no ejector rod. The ejectorless models will also be available with front sights and 2-, 3- or 4-inch barrels.



I also have to admit being drawn to the new .357 Shooting Master single action, with its big honking adjustable rear sight. All things considered, this looks like one heck of a choice for long-distance pistol shooting. The original Colt Shooting Masters were, I believe, built on the wonderful large-frame New Service DAs. I've always lusted after one of the USFA Super .38 1911s, preferably nickel-plated...

6 comments:

nj_larry said...

BINGO ! I totally agree with you on USFA. Their product is worth every bit of the price. This is what guns are about, art and industry.

Dave S. said...

The build quality is wonderful. Their design choices? Not so much.

I'm not sure how big the market is for 19th century fantasy guns. And let's not even talk about the funny-colored SAA's.

I love USFA (they're what S&W used to be back in the day), and I wish them every success. I just hope their eccentricities don't kill them.

Clark Kent said...

The title of this post, Michael, suggests a smidgeon of doubt. If that be the case, I know of several guests here who would mo' than happy to help relieve you of any guilt, wouldn't we guys?

DonWorsham said...

I could get interested in a Sheriff's Model with no front sight as I seem to be moving toward sightless guns.

Anonymous said...

3rd Gen Colt's can't hold a candle to a USFA.

Damn a gun without a front sight.

Anonymous said...

I just wish that they'd offer versions with a transfer bar safety. That is the only thing preventing me from buying them.